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Cruise ship

Questions Over Record Cruise Year in West Fjords

106 cruise ships are booked to visit the West Fjords town of Ísafjörður this summer—prompting speakers at a recent conference on the topic to call for a coordinated strategy and rules to be put in place. Putting rules in place won’t stop the ships from coming, one speaker promised.

Frenchman Stuck in Car for Five Days

The south and the north of the West Fjords region are separated by two steep mountain passes which are not snowplowed throughout the winter. French tourist Thomas Chretien made it over one but then found himself stuck. For five whole days.

Staudamm.

Dam Debate: People vs. Nature?

The environmental NGO Landvernd has sent the Icelandic parliament its reaction to the recent parliamentary proposal on the classification of new power plant developments in the third stage of the national Master Plan on the subject.

Botn, Súgandafjörður.

Avalanche in West Fjords

Three skiers escaped without serious injury after being hit by an avalanche in Botnsdalur valley by Súgandafjörður fjord in the West Fjords last night.

Lake Mývatn.

Mývatn Sewer Improvements Demanded

Travel service companies in Skútustaðahreppur district by Mývatn lake and the district itself have obtained an extension until June to provide plans for sewer improvements.

Skaftafellsjökull.

Photo Series Shows Glacier Disappear

A series of photos, taken by Guðmundur Ögmundsson, Skaftafell National Park manager in the past five years, shows in a striking way how Skaftafellsjökull glacier, an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull glacier, has receded.

Silfra in Þingvellir

Stricter Rules Requested in Silfra

Þingvellir National Park Manager Ólafur Örn Haraldsson has asked the Icelandic Transport Authority to impose stricter rules and monitoring regarding scuba-diving and snorkeling in Silfra fissure.

Stars

Street Lights off for Star Show Tonight

Tonight at 8:30 pm, street lights will be turned off for 45 minutes at the University of Iceland campus, as well as in the west part of Reykjavík and downtown, to allow residents and visitors a great view of the stars.

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